SD Drain Tile - Cutting Edge Technology

SD Drain Tile

Cutting Edge Technology

How does it work?

SD Drain® Tile receives elevation data from your RTK-GPS receiver and automatically outputs signals to the hydraulics controlling your tile plow. 

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SD Drain® Tile Systems Include:

  • PX501 Sunlight Readable Tablet PC
  • SD Drain Tile Software
  • DAC 8000 Controller with wireless connection to PX501
  • Associated Cables to plug DAC 8000 Controller into electric over hydraulic valves on qualifying tractors or external valve
  • Associated cables to plug into users GPS
  • Mounting hardware
  • Rugged carrying case


Hydraulic Valve

Add an external valve to tractors without electric over hydraulic control.


The Multi-Function Joystick with an easy grip handle provides fingertip control for up to 3 valves with its reliable electric over hydraulic interface. Engage or disengage machine control function and more.

Preplan with Ag Data Mapping Solution

Create background images and guidance lines for SD Drain Tile with an Ag Data Management Solution (ADMS) software package from GK Technology, Inc. ADMS is your complete mapping software, in a simple to use format. The Topography & Drainage module allows you create maps showing topography, flow accumulations, watersheds, hills, and depressions. The profile tool lets you preview how proposed tile runs will fit. You can easily preplan where your tile runs should be and export guidance lines and background images for use in SD Drain Tile.

VD04 – Vehicle Dock

IP54 water & dust resistant, vibration resistant*, Shock resistant**, 9 to 32VDC input, 19VDC 1.57A output, .75mm / 100mm VESA bracket screw holes.

*MIL-STD-810G, Method 514.6 Category 4, Fig 514.6C-1
**MIL-STD-810G; Method 516.6, Procedure I, Functional Shock; Method 516.6, Procedure V, Crash hazard Shock

RDK-501 – Detachable Keyboard

Designed to meet IP54 specifications, RDK-501 is fully rugged and foldable as a notebook. With integrated backlighting that provides 4 levels of brightness, RDK-501 also comes with an integrated touchpad and supports keyboard layouts in different languages.

SD Drain® Tile Features

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Survey & Design

The first thing you do in the field is survey the tile run by driving the tile path with the plow up in the air. As you survey, SD Drain Tile will automatically capture elevation points to create a survey line. The survey line will be displayed on screen as you drive the path. When the survey is completed, SD Drain Tile will automatically generate a plan for the tile run as you drop the plow in into the starter hole. This plan will show the proposed tile line as well as minimum and maximum depth guides for the tile.

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Edit Functions

Before you start your tile run, you have the option to manipulate how the final tile design will look.  You can manipulate the tile design by changing the minimum or maximum slope values, as well as the desired depth of the tile.  You can also remove points in the survey pass.  As an example, if you drive over a ditch and you would like the tile to be laid shallower in the ditch bottom, you can delete points on either side of the ditch.

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Tiling with Automatic Flagging

While tiling, if the plow deviates from the expected tile path, SD Drain Tile will automatically flag that location. This action can be caused by hitting an object in the field or manually raising the plow because of a broken piece of tile.  If you need to dig out a rock, the program will visually guide you back to the proper depth and you will be able to continue the existing tile run.

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Change Tile Size on the Go

SD Drain Tile allows you to put a shortcut on your screen that will let you change the tile size and/or the type of tile you are putting in the ground without stopping the plow.  With a few clicks you can easily document changes in tile size on the go.

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Background Images

You can load a georeferenced background image into SD Drain for an overhead view of the field you are working on.  Such maps are useful to show you where you are in the field, the topography, or determine where tile will be placed in the field.

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3D View

SD Drain Tile will allow the user to see a 3D Topography background map, using processed topography data from ADMS. The 3D view gives users exaggerated views of the hills and troughs of the field making infield decisions much easier.

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Benchmarks are used to compensate for GPS drift. GPS drift can happen when you power down a portable RTK-GPS base station. Portable base stations often use a quick average to calculate their location and this quick average my not be the same from day to day. By driving to a certain known point with your scraper, and capturing a benchmark, you now have the ability to return to that same location and recall that known point, correcting for any GPS drift.

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Import Guide/Survey Lines

Guide lines can be imported into SD Drain Tile.  These lines will show up as a layer in the overhead view and will stack on top of any background image.  Just click or tap on the line to select it.  Either type can have specific parameters associated with the line that will over-ride the default parameters of the program for that specific line.  Guidance lines are used to guide you over a proposed tile run when you are driving your survey pass.  Survey lines are just that, pre-made survey passes.  Survey passes can only be used when you recall a benchmark that was created when the field was surveyed prior to creating the lines in ADMS.  Simply select the survey line, put your plow in the hole and go.

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Grid Lines

Grid Lines allow you to layout a series of parallel lines on the screen. These Grid Lines can be rotated and shifted around to meet your needs. These lines can be used as rough guidance for tile layout and spacing.

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Simulated Laser

After you drive a survey pass of your ditch, you can choose to simulate a single slope laser. SD Drain will create a straight, single slope tile run.  You also have the option to just set the grade in the simulated laser and install tile without driving a survey pass.

Hardware Features

Ruggon PX-501B Tablet PC

The Ruggon PX-501B Tablet has a sunlight readable, high resolution WUXGA (1920x1200) touchscreen display. The battery works as a UPS so no worries if you lose power because of a tractor stall. With the wireless DAC 8000 interface installed, the only thing you need to plug into the PX501 is the power cable. Comes with rugged carrying case and RAM mounting hardware.


  • Intel® Core™ i5-5350U 1.8GHz
  • 8GB DDR3L
  • 128GB M.2 SSD
  • Windows 10 IoT Enterprise


  • IP65, MIL-STD-810G certified
  • Vibration, shock and 5’ drop resistance
  • Operating temperature: -4°F to +140°F


  • 10.1” 1920 x 1200 WUXGA
  • 850 nits sunlight readable brightness
  • 10-point capacitive touch supports glove touch, water rejection, palm rejection, 2mm hard tip stylus

I/O Interface

  • USB 3.0 type A x 1
  • RS-232 x 1
  • Micro SD slot x 1, Micro SIM slot x 1, Micro HDMI x 1
  • Headphone x 1


  • Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth V4.0 + EDR


  • 2MP front
  • 8MP auto focus rear camera with led flash


  • AC adapter (65W, 100-240V AC, 50/60Hz)
  • 12VDC power cable
  • 4500mAh hot swappable battery, approx. 6 hours battery life

Dimensions & Weight

  • 11.03 x 7.68 x .91 in, 3lbs

DAC 8000

The DAC 8000 is a wireless multi-valve control module. Communication between the Ruggon PX-501B Tablet PC and the DAC 8000 is achieved via a custom dedicated wireless interface. On a standard Tiling system, the DAC 8000 will pass RTK-GPS data to the control computer and then automatically control your plow depth via your tractor’s existing Selectable Control Valve (SCV). Supported SCV control for John Deere, CNH, and Challenger A & B series tractors.

No need to add another DAC 8000 if you want to add more control to your plow. The DAC 8000 has the power to control up to 3 valves of various types, simultaneously. It’s all the control you’ll need - in one unit.


SD Drain Tile

SD DRAIN Tile Key Benefits

  • Side view generated as survey pass driven.
  • Automatically designs tile run as you drop plow into starter hole.
  • Easily modify proposed design.
  • Guidance light bar to follow survey pass during tile installation.
  • Automatic flagging & redesign when plow deviates from designed run, such as a rock hit.
  • Save and recall benchmarks.
  • Import field designs & background images.
  • Save and recall tile runs.
  • Customize look of program.
SD Drain Tile

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2964 164th Ave SE Harwood, ND 58042

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